The Sumptuous Border
For damp, shady areas. Contains many large foliage plants and some delicate flowers.
A luscious border with Darmera peltata amongst others. This is a vigorous plant with leaves as large as plates which resemble umbrellas blown inside out in a storm. In the spring the Darmera blooms with pink umbellifers. Only after flowering do the leaves appear. As an encore, this plant turns a wonderful russet red in the autumn.
This border also comprises plants which are common along Burgundian waterfronts: purple
Loosestrife and Meadowsweet; not the wild but the cultivated Lythrum salicaria ‘Zigeunerblut’ and the pink Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’. Alongside the many ground cover plants in this border are enormous Royal ferns (Osmunda regalis) and Burnet (Sanguisorba obtusa) with their pink trailing inflorescence and Meadow rue (Thalictrum ‘Elin’) with delicate flowers.
The bulbs! Flowering begins very early in the spring with the Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’ and is followed by Snowflakes (Leucojum) in April. These are just like large snowdrops. In May, you’ll have white Hyacinths and blue Quamash and Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum). The latter arrived spontaneously in our garden, so it must be happy here!